St George’s College go into today’s FLOW/ISSA Super Cup quarter-final game against Glenmuir very mindful that they exited the tournament at this very stage last season.Wolmer’s stunned the North Street school 3-0 to advance to last season’s semi-final. However, assistant coach Marcel Gayle says the team is determined to get past the last eight, and into the final this year.”Last year, we were in the same position and we lost, and it cost us, so we cannot take anything for granted. We will have to do what we have to to get the win,” he said.Many people have placed a question mark on St George’s character and their ability to fight to the death, with many calling Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell’s team soft.However, since the end of the first round, the ‘Light Blues’ have raised their game to another level and their early-round vulnerability seems to be in the distant past, as they have toyed with opponents in their last four matches, with only St Jago putting up any real resistance to their offensive onslaught.But although they start favourite against the wily Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters and his Glenmuir side for the contest, Bell does not expect a walkover and insists that his players will roll up their sleeves and fight tooth and nail if that is required.”We know it’s not going to be a stroll in the park and we will probably have to dig deep and show our determination and our character, but we will if we have to,” he continued.Alex Marshall continue to lead the way for Bell’s team with an impressive 16 goals in all competitions. He has been greatly supported by Shevon Stewart (12) and Gregory Messam Jr (12).Marshall and Stewart, in particular, have proven to be a handful for most teams, and if they are allowed to have their way again today, St George’s will only take the game today.Although the ‘Georgians’ have conceded nine goals this season, their attack more than compensate for their shortcomings in defence, with over 51 goals scored so far this season.
But even informally, Guiao doesn’t want to talk about the head coaching post beyond the World Cup.“If we don’t qualify, (I’ll quit),” he said. “Only shows that I ‘m not up to the task.”“It’s about milestones,” he added. “It’s about delivering the objective, why you’re there. If our goal is the World Cup and we don’t make it, as coach, you should resign.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “These guys play through cut foreheads and bleeding noses and show up even with their wives pregnant (at home),” said Guiao. “What kind of a hardship would it be for me to leave them? What kind of a person would I be if I do that?”There even won’t be any need for long-drawn negotiations.“We are not talking about money anyway,” he said. “(SBP officials) just told us to play, to coach, and they did not promise us anything. We just want to be of service (to the country).”Ryan Gregorio, who is a scout for the national team, said Guiao’s effect on the national program is evident. The talent depth of the national pool has expanded exponentially since he took over the reins on an interim basis.“The only problem with coach Yeng is a great problem,” Gregorio said. “Everybody wants to play for him. Marcio (Lassiter) had his forehead cut open in the game against Iran. When we flew back here, he had it stitched immediately so he can play against Qatar.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cold-shooting Philippines turns to defense in win over Qatar Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college There is no other coach in the horizon that would be a suitable successor to Reyes’ post. But Guiao refused to address the issue until he was done with the Fiba qualifying window he was tasked with.And as that window came to a close via a closed-door 92-81 victory over a fast-starting Qatar Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao finally addressed the vacancy but hedged on making any commitment pending a formal announcement from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on his appointment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If they give it to me formally, I will accept it,” said Guiao.It would be laughable, said the fiery mentor, to do otherwise. Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comThe moment Chot Reyes resigned as national coach, Yeng Guiao was put in the spotlight.He whipped a two-week old squad into fighting form for the Asian Games despite its top player, Jordan Clarkson, joining the team just five days before the tournament started. He kept a suspension-crippled Gilas Pilipinas in the thick of things against Iran until he ran out of tricks to offset the team’s hypothermia-hit shooting in Tehran.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments